Pascagoula Soup kitchen needs help feeding the needy for Christmas

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - While some families are preparing to partake in a delicious feast Christmas Day, there are still a lot of South Mississippians who may go hungry. Our Daily Bread is calling on South Mississippians to help feed the needy this holiday season.

On Christmas Eve at Our Daily Bread in Pascagoula the line was long for a hot meal.

"This time last year we didn't have one can of sweet peas, one can of corn, of green beans, and it was almost the same thing this year. You could lay down on our shelves. We have a lot of people asking, 'Can you help us out?'" Director Mary Meldren said.

And the need continues to spike at this soup kitchen. The volunteers went from serving 11,000 in August to nearly 14,000 now.

"A lot of people don't realize the economy may be booming, but there are a lot of people left behind and the amount of people we are serving gets large and larger," board member Dobbs Dennis said.

To make sure folks are fed, Our Daily Bread plans to provide Christmas and New Year's meals. The non-profit will need South Mississippians to dig deep into their pockets to contribute food, money, or just lend a helping hand.

"An empty stomach you can do nothing with. But at least something as easy as food to donate, or one dollar will help this facility and the people who need this facility to keep these doors open," Meldren said.

The call for help is already being answered. While at the soup kitchen, several folks stopped by to donate including members of Escatawpa Baptist Church.

"We just put together some goodies bags; anything from hygiene to snacks anything they might need. We are just trying to teach our kids to give to the less fortunate," Chris McCormick said.

A lesson of love in this season of giving that Our Daily Bread hopes will continue this holiday season.

Our Daily Bread will be serving Christmas lunch Wednesday from 11a.m. to 1p.m. on Old Mobile Highway, but doors will open at 8 a.m. to receive donations. The soup kitchen is asking for canned goods, vegetables, fresh meats, fruit, as well as monetary donations and volunteers.

Copyright 2013 WLOX. All rights reserved.